'Eternals' Is A Failure
By Sal LoCicero | November 8, 2021
For the first time ever, Marvel Studios has put out a feature that most critics are bashing. Whenever a superhero blockbuster (aka Marvel movie) is near its arrival to theaters, the majority is satisfied with it. However, ‘Eternals’ is not starting out according to plan for the studio. It seems that ‘Eternals’ is facing mixed reactions from both critics and audiences; which is rare.
‘Eternals’ is not what most fans have come to expect from its distributors. Based on the comic books created by Jack Kirby, the Eternals made their debut in the mid 70s. Just like the Guardians Of The Galaxy (whose first appearance was in the late 60s), these extraterrestrial humanoids were unknown. When Kevin Feige announced plans for Phase Four, that is when ‘Eternals’ became known. Before anything was revealed at Disney D23 Expo in 2019, most people had no idea as to what the “eternals” were?
Since, this studio has recently shown their attempts to broaden new stories and characters, they have introduced us to ‘Eternals’. From Academy Award-winning Director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), ‘Eternals’ follows a group of extraterrestrial beings throughout history, who have always followed their own rule; never interfere with other conflicts. The movie shifts from past to present throughout most of the movie’s extended 2 hr and 37 Minute runtime, which is overwhelmingly long. One thing that is to be said, is the fact that Marvel Studios is really trying to show that they are capable of depicting all kinds of movies and TV shows without the need of following the same superhero formula, and It is obvious in this movie. From start to finish, you never feel as if you are watching an MCU picture. It comes off as an original science fiction fantasy.
With so much possible potential, this could’ve been considered one of the most influential superhero movies of all time. Unfortunately, this is far from it. ‘Eternals’ proves itself to be the worst entry in the Marvel Universe. It is poorly written, the worst screenwriting possible. The structure is so uneven that you lose both interest and understanding to the story and the characters. You can tell that Chloe Zhao tried her best to direct and allow audiences to care about these characters, but there is not a single moment where you feel attached to any of them.
The story is all over the place. One scene takes you from the past to present, and apparently the filmmakers expect you to follow what is occurring on screen despite the lack of information given. The first act is as confusing as it is boring. The second act offers a decently filmed action sequence located in the forest. This is the most exciting sequence of the entirety. The final act is exhausting to sit through.
Kumail Nanjiani, Bryan Tryee Henry, and Barry Keoghan are all standouts. Nanjiani was pretty funny, but he also portrayed his character well. Bryan Tyree Henry gave the most likable performance out of everyone. Keoghan never lets us down by any performance given to him. The visual effects were nice, nothing original from Marvel, but it did add to the action. There is something to say about the producers taking a risk to bring something new to the table. The fact that Feige tried to collaborate on a project that the studio normally wouldn’t put their hands on, is a big step. ‘Eternals’ does not feel like a Marvel movie; which can be both good and bad, in this case it’s a failure.
Unless you are a fan of the Eternals then you may appreciate it, but if you are new to the group then you are better off waiting until ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ arrives in December, because this one is not worth your time.